"Extraordinary value here, it seems. A wine packed with depth of fruit..." Mike Bennie
Fermented in small and large batches before aging in French barriques, hogsheads and some puncheons for 10 months. Up to 20% new was used.
"Extraordinary value here, it seems. A wine packed with depth of fruit, savouriness, peppery spice and a malty-woody seasoning underpinning it all, with bouquet and palate in synch with these characters. Depth and grunt are two good words, but it never forgets a sense of lively pinosity, too. Is there something old school about the wine? Sure, and it also delivers satisfaction in spades. Mike Bennie. Gourmet Traveller Wine
“It’s made from vines planted in 1980 and 1987 in the Concongella vineyard, and from 1997 plantings in the vineyard at Rhymney. Despite its asking price this Pinot Noir will drink at its best after a few extra years in bottle. The flavours sit back in the palate, not so eager or in a hurry to please. Given time to breathe though there is yet good drinking to be had now: its cherried fruit comes earth-strewn and macerated, its beet-like flavours laced with woodsy/smoky herb and oak notes. It’s varietal, it’s well balanced and made, it feels settled and composed, with perfectly-judged tannin drawing back through the finish. At $25 I’m firmly of the opinion that this is fantastic value.” 92 points, Campbell Mattinson, WineFront
“Packs a lot of flavour intensity into its medium-bodied frame, together with a strong Aussie bush signature. Delightfully aromatic aromas in dark cherry, pomegranate, rhubarb, bay leaf and violet. Gentle oak spice on the palate introduces a detailed, deeply flavoured and creamy palate wrapped in close-knit tannins. A good pinot is a rare beast in these parts and one to be enjoyed.” 92 points, Jeni Port, Halliday Wine Companion